Who are the favourites for the World Championships time trials in Flanders?

From Fillippo Ganna, to Wout Van Aert, Annemiek van Vleuten and Marlen Reusser - these are the big names racing in Belgium

Who are the favourites for the World Championships TT
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The World Championships time trial is one of the most prestigious titles on the cycling calendar, alongside the Olympic TT, but who are the favourites for this year’s race?

Being held in Flanders, Belgium this year, both the men’s and the women’s races are wide open.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.